Big guns mis­fire, Mar­seille draw

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

STRUG­GLING giants Mar­seille failed to get a shot on tar­get in a tense 0-0 draw with Lyon, whose team bus was stoned ahead of the bit­ter Ligue 1 clash yes­ter­day.

Po­ten­tial new Mar­seille owner, Amer­i­can ty­coon Frank McCourt was at the Velo­drome along­side club pres­i­dent Mar­garita Louis-Drey­fus where the un­der fi­nanced side failed to im­press.

As the ten­sion mounted Mar­seille striker Bafe­timbi Gomis missed an in­jury time sit­ter against his for­mer club leav­ing coach Franck Passi hold­ing his head in his hands.

Mar­seille are now two points off the bot­tom of Ligue 1 while last sea­son’s run­ners-up Lyon are in sev­enth, six points off lead­ers Monaco.

Lyon mid­fielder Corentin Tolisso said the draw was a good re­sult for the vis­i­tors.

“Rel­a­tively speak­ing, af­ter two de­feats where we let in seven goals, to come here to Mar­seille and draw is a re­sult,” he said.

In the early even­ing game a penalty deep into in­jury time gave Saint Eti­enne a 1-0 win at home over Bas­tia when sub­sti­tute Romain Hamouma shook him­self down from a foul to con­vert the spot kick.

Newly-re­cruited play­maker Younes Bel­handa grabbed a point for Nice in a 1-1 draw at Mont­pel­lier with a de­ter­mined late strike mean­ing his side climb above cham­pi­ons Paris Saint Ger­main into sec­ond place in Ligue 1.

Hav­ing come fourth last sea­son, Nice lost their coach Claude Puel to Southamp­ton while Hatem Ben Arfa moved on to PSG.

A tow­er­ing Radamel Fal­cao header helped send Monaco top on Satur­day while 20-year-old Thomas Le­mar also scored twice at the end of the game.

Fal­cao’s ca­reer has hit the buf­fers since quit­ting Atletico Madrid but on Satur­day, the 30-year-old Colom­bian leapt high at the back post and pow­ered in a header in the 42nd minute to score his first goal for Monaco since Au­gust 2014 – 755 days ago.

This was Monaco’s sev­enth con­sec­u­tive win and fol­lowed a slick 2-1 tri­umph over Tot­ten­ham in the Cham­pi­ons League in mid­week. – AFP

Lyon’s Maxwel Cor­net (R) com­petes for the ball with Olympique de Mar­seille’s goal­keeper Yo­hann Pele (L) dur­ing their French L1 at the Velo­drome sta­dium yes­ter­day. –

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